2016…Happy New Year… happy mid-January…happy resolutions…and happy detoxing!?!? But how many of us really, REALLY feel like detoxing or dieting in January? Hmmm… Read more
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After a busier than usual summer with a lot of ground covered and even more friends and family visited, it’s back to work, back to school and back to daily routines. One thing I’m looking forward to is getting the chance to exercise a bit more by walking in London’s beautiful parks. But first, I’m having breakfast with LYN to catch up on our summers… Read more
I have just returned from what was supposed to be a glorious week away skiing during the kids’ Winter Half Term. Francophile husband (CSr), decided to try something new this year so we headed to Italy. The plan was to fly to Venice and drive north to the Dolomites, a mountain range in northeastern Italy in the South Tyrol province. Except I didn’t ski… Read more
Going to Paris for dinner may seem a bit extravagant…okay it is REALLY extravagant…but it’s not every day that your brother-in-law (BIL), turns 40 so we organized a surprise dinner for him…and since he lives in Paris, well, dinner is in Paris!
We arrive at Gare du Nord on the Eurostar and are hoping to walk around a bit before dinner. Unfortunately, the windy, wet downpour we left 2 hours and 15 minutes ago in London, has also arrived with us.
The restaurant, is located on I’le Saint Louis, which is one of two natural islands in the middle of Paris, the other one being I’le de la Cite.
So much for walking through the streets to soak in the city. Never mind, we head straight to the restaurant, Le Sergent Recruteur and order some champagne…to toast BIL’s big birthday and pending arrival…of course.
I’m sure he wouldn’t mind if we had just a little glass…while we wait…
After another glass…we are in Paris after all, BIL arrives, is genuinely surprised and was not at all expecting us. Well done to sister-in-law (SIL) for keeping it a secret.
We dine on 10 gorgeously exquisite dishes from the evening’s tasting menu. I couldn’t possibly do Le Chef, Antonin Bonnet, justice with my feeble attempts at describing the food or the presentation, so I will just show you a picture of dessert.
First, I must add that my favorite dish was a plump piece of lieu noir, which I think is hake, on a bed of chickpeas with a leek and parsley jus and I think a bit of saffron. But the ‘piece de resistance’ was Le Chef’s dessert. Half snickers, half twix…called a ‘SNIX’…seriously.
After dinner, the rain stopped so we walked across Le Marais near where BIL and SIL live, and popped into a dark, smoky, rustic bar for a nightcap.
I’ve been going to France with CSr and his family for over 10 years now and it’s shameful that I still can’t speak French. But at 11:30pm on a Wednesday night in a Parisian bar, I feel oddly redeemed as I am the only one that knows all the words to the song currently playing…
‘And the waitress is practicing politics
As the businessmen slowly get stoned
Yes, they’re sharing a drink they call loneliness
But it’s better than drinkin’ alone
Oh, la la la, di da da
La la, di da da da dum…’
You can take the girl out of Long Island, but you can’t take Billy Joel or the rest of Long Island out of the girl…even in Paris.
Joyeux Anniversaire to my 40 year old BIL!
Oh, and Happy Valentine’s Day! Wishing you all some chocolate, champagne and sweet thoughts of Paris…or Long Island.
Long Island Iced Tea:
So, who has weighed in and who will fess up as to how much more they weigh now compared to 2 weeks ago, or in my case since Thanksgiving?! I myself have been over eating and drinking for 4 weeks. YIKES!!! And how much exercise has there been? Uh huh…thought so… Read more
When I was C1’s age (8ish), I distinctly remember going into NYC with my Nan to visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Rockefeller Centre and then to Macy’s where we would stand in line waiting to see Santa Claus. There wasn’t anything to entertain us while we stood on line (in the queue). It was part of the experience. You waited. And waited. Then, when it was your turn to sit on Santa’s lap – yes! Remember those days? Anyway, the wait was entirely forgotten and you walked away smiling from head to toe… Read more
Fifteen years ago I hosted my first Thanksgiving in London. I was working full time at the time and invited 6 people for dinner and 10 more for dessert. I had my mother’s recipes, my grandmother’s recipes, a turkey from a butcher in Holland Park that cost more than 10 Butterballs, and I had absolutely no clue where to begin or what to do. Honestly… Read more
On the last night of ‘what it’s like’ in Avalon, on the Jersey Shore (more like Jersey Cape), we are s l o w l y packing up and getting ready to head back to NYC. We’ve all agreed to stay in (again!) tonight so that means cleaning out the frig, using up what we can, and ordering as much take away as we need to feed our crowd, together for one last night… Read more
Trying something new this summer, we have agreed to meet SIS and Brother-In-Law (BIL) on Seven Mile Beach. It’s a good thing I double checked how far it is from Bethpage Park (Duck Fans) because I almost booked a ticket to Grand Cayman!!!… Read more
For the first summer in a long time, I have not had the urge to pack my bags and leave London. The weather has been so gloriously hot and sunny that there really is no need to go anywhere…except ‘home’ to see the rest of my family…which is where I am right now… Read more